Saturday, October 31, 2015

We Missed One

A while back, we speculated on the contrived "New York - Kansas City" angle the media would go for during this World Series.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Fearless Predictions: The Doom of Temple


If Temple remains good at football for, say, the next two or three years (or if they stomp Notre Dame), it will get an invite to join either the Big Ten or the ACC.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

105 stadiums and counting

For those following along at home, I am currently on a mission to see a game at all 129 FBS stadiums.  Some might say I am obsessed - to them I say obsession is what lazy people call commitment.

I started out doing this for fun (or our of boredom, you decide).  But since I have started writing stadium reviews on a website called, so you can check out my reviews there:

World Series Math

In case there are any other nerds out there who like sports out there, this article is for you.  In a recent post I mentioned that my brother-in-law got tickets to game 3, so even if his team (the Mets) win he won't be able to see it.

That got me thinking about probabilities, so I crunched some number for you (you can thank me by reading this):

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Mets - Royals Storylines

Behold the Patron Saint Of This World Series!
With a Royals - Mets World Series staring us in the face, the time has come to ponder which ridiculous narratives the media is going to try to pin on this thing. Sure, the Cubs would have made it easy for those guys - billy goats, curses, etc. - but Royals-Mets? Where do you go from there? Well, it may be one of the following:

Friday, October 23, 2015

104 stadiums and counting

Continuing my quest to see all 129 FBS stadiums - for #104 I flew to Lubbock, which is a great idea if I do say so myself, b/c flying to Dallas or Houston or El Paso and driving all the way across the great state of Texas would be painful.  I got to see Texas Tech take on the #3 ranked TCU Horned Frogs.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Why football will always be better than basketball, hockey, and baseball

So my brother-in-law is taking his kids to Game 3 of the World Series next week - he is a huge Mets fan, grew up in New York, life long dream to see the Mets in the series, etc.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

103 stadiums and counting

For those of you following along, I am trying to visit all 129 FBS football stadiums (I include UAB b/c it is coming back, I don't yet include Coastal Carolina since they are not yet FBS).  And on that note, what I am technically trying to do is see every FBS play at home; I don't count bowl games or conference championship games that happen to be played at the same stadium, I only count it when I see the home team play there.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

ESPN Headline - English Translation Guide

Because sometimes the headline writers at the World Wide Leader don't quite communicate what they're after, here's a handy-dandy ESPN-English translation guide from today's ESPN.COM front page (with bonus content from the CFB page, ya nitpicking bastids)

Friday, October 16, 2015

Love/Hate Guide To the Championship Series

With the MLB playoffs down to 4 teams, it's time to take a long, hard look at who's left to figure out who's worth rooting for - and who's worth rooting against:

102 FBS stadiums and counting

Going to try to make this post a little jazzier (and shorter) than my previous ones.  For those who have been reading my posts, thanks so much.  And for any new readers, welcome aboard - let me fill you in briefly on what's going down here.

I am on a mission to see all 129 FBS stadiums, or in other words, a home game for every FBS team.  So far I have been to 105 of them, but I am behind, so this post will be about my 102nd stadium visit.  I do write stadium reviews of some of the ones I visits on, so please check out my reviews there (

Thursday, October 15, 2015

101 Stadiums & Counting, Part 2

So I have not written for a while, if anyone is keeping track.  Had a lot of things going on outside of football (wait, what?  You have other interests besides football?  For shame!).

Yeah, I know.  But the boss hasn't fussed at me yet so here goes.

In my last post (9/13) I mentioned I am trying to visit all 129 FBS stadiums (I still count UAB as one b/c they are bringing football back).  That whole thing was ridiculous, by the way.  They shut down UAB football to keep UAB from getting any of 'Bama's good recruits.  Really?  How many of 'Bama's good recruits was UAB GETTING, anyway?  And who could blame them anyway for wanting to play instead of riding the pine for the almost National Champions every year?

ACC Weekly Roundup: Week 6 - The Clemsoning

Dear Dabo Swinney:

Originally this was going to be the weekly writeup of all things ACC football, but two things happened. One, when I sat down to write that the only words that would appear onscreen were "SOUTH FLORIDA ARE YOU KIDDING ME?" And two, during your press conference, you said something that overshadowed the rest of the weekend's fairly pedestrian slate of games.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Takeout Slide Down the Slippery Slope

The Law of Unexpected Consequences broke Ruben Tejada's leg.

I mean, sure, Chase Utley did the actual deed, no doubt finally releasing all that pent-up anger from when John Lannan broke his hand and knocked him out of the playoffs in 2007, but that's not the point. Or at least not this point.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Randy Edsall Fired

And we can't say we're sad about it.

The Line Between Terp and Derp

In college sports, "It's about the kids" is the last refuge of the scoundrel.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Morning Link - Jeb Lund on Daily Fantasy

If you play daily fantasy sports, you are an aphid. 

Jeb Lund nails it here

Your Weekly ACC Roundup - Week 5

Random thoughts as we prepare for Friday night's clash of...mmm, "Titans" isn't really the word for a NC State - Virginia Tech clash, is it.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Wild Card Notes

Things we know after the Astros quietly garroted the Yankees in the AL Wild Card game:

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Good on C.C.

There's a famous story, possibly apocryphal, about hard-drinking former Yankees pitcher Ryne Duren. Supposedly, on a road trip, Duren staggered back to the team hotel well after curfew and well and truly pickled. He got on the elevator with a Yankees exec who, used to Duren's drinking but not a fan of it, sniffed, "Drunk again." Duran just smiled and said, "Me, too!"

Some versions of the story have the Yankees exec as GM George Weiss. Others say it's Casey Stengel. Honestly, it doesn't matter.

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Last Day

It is the last day of baseball's regular season.

Roughly 40% of the games being played have some sort of meaningful implication for the playoffs - who gets in, who doesn't, will there be tiebreakers, who gets home field advantage. 

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Your ACC Weekly Roundup: 4 on the Floor

Week 4 was a relatively short one for the ACC, with only 9 games involving league teams on the schedule. Then again, considering how the higher-profile games turned out, 9 might have been too many.